This is my 19 month old DS's new thing. For the last week or so, everything is about hitting people/animals/things. And he says it as he does it/is about to do it.
We don't hit. We have told him since he was able to raise a hand that we don't hit, that it hurts, that we like gentle touches. And now this has really ramped up. It is almost constant every day- the first words out of his mouth when he wakes up is "hit the Desi" (one of our dogs)
I Know this is a phase.
And I watch him very closely, but I can NOT keep my eyeballs upon him EVERY second. He is running around hitting every one of our dogs, our cats (well, not the one smart enough to run in terror when he sees DS coming), us, and pretty much everything he can reach.
Other than continuing to repeat the "we don't hit, we like gentle touches" and putting him down if we are holding him, any other ideas to deter this behavior? Sometimes he does it, then immediately apologizes (without prompting) then does it again. I have told DH that it is an attention-getting technique (although why my constantly tended to, spend every second with, high needs DS needs MORE attention is beyond me)
Or should we just purchase body armor and ride it out??